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Norwegian silicon-based advanced materials supplier Elkem ASA is set to acquire Basel Chemie, a South Korean producer of speciality silicone gels. The acquisition gives Elkem access to leading technology in attractive end-user silicone segments... Read more

SOCAR Turkey Energy has announced it will break ground on the construction of a new petrochemical industrial complex in Turkey in the first half of 2020. The estimated investment stands at €1.6-billion and will take the form of a joint venture... Read more

Shares in German chemical giant Bayer have rocketed by as much as 11% following a report that the company has proposed to pay up to $8-billion (£6.59-billion) to settle more than 18,000 US lawsuits related to its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup. Read more

Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd (IVL), a global chemical producer based in Bangkok, Thailand, has entered into an agreement to acquire Sinterama S.p.A, a polyester automotive interiors and high performance coloured yarns manufacturer, based... Read more

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted a proposal to ban all use of rubber granules by 2022. Today, rubber granules are mainly produced from end-of-life vehicle tyres, and a ban would greatly increase the need for alternative recycling... Read more

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer welcomed a US judge's call to cut a $2-billion damages payout awarded by a jury to a couple in California after having found that the Monsanto produced glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup had been the cause of... Read more

Industrial packaging products and services company Greif has announced that its steel drum plant in Cologne has successfully completed the Together for Sustainability (TfS) audit with a score of 98%... Read more

Neste, a major producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues, and plastics, chemicals and refining firm LyondellBasell have jointly announce the first parallel production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based low-density polyethylene at... Read more

Croda International has been named the Chemical Industry Association (CIA) Company of the Year, as well as winning the CIA Environmental Leadership Award. Read more

Beleaguered German chemical giant Bayer has announced it plans to invest €5-billion in the development of alternatives to its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup. The company is currently embroiled in over 13,000 lawsuits in the US claiming that... Read more

In-situ remediation specialists Eko Harden Technologies have announced that environmental remediation company, Recowell Solutions Group have chosen its EKOGRID electrokinetic oxidation solution for the world’s largest oil contamination recovery... Read more

The German chemicals company Henkel has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility for aerospace products near Barcelona, Spain... Read more

A section of plastic waste collected does not qualify for mechanical recycling and is incinerated instead. VTT has developed and introduced a form of chemical recycling based on pyrolysis, a process which turns almost all plastics and their... Read more

Petrochemical company Ineos, owned and controlled by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, has announced plans to construct three chemical plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a first in the Middle East for the chemical firm. Read more

Nouryon and Gasunie are studying an expansion of a planned green hydrogen unit at Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The feasibility study follows a deal to convert sustainable electricity into green hydrogen for SkyNRG. The plant, which would convert... Read more

Thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions business area has received a new order for the construction of a fertiliser plant in Poland. The customer for the project is ANWIL, a subsidiary of PKN ORLEN, one of the largest oil industry corporations in... Read more

A jury in California has ruled that Bayer-owned chemicals company Monsanto must pay $2-billion in damages to Alva and Alberta Pilliod, an elderly couple both suffering with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a consequence of exposure to the glyphosate... Read more

German chemical firm BASF and plastic-free plastic manufacturer Lactips have announced that both companies have signed an exclusive contract to market Lactips’ water-soluble, 100% bio-based and fully biodegradable material prepared from natural... Read more

Submarine life is no easy feat. Historically, these vessels would stay underwater for just a few days, before resurfacing to exchange stale air for fresh oxygen. Today’s submarines however, use oxygen systems to enable travel for up to 90 days at... Read more

trinamiX GmbH, based in Ludwigshafen, is a spin-off and wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF SE. Since it was founded in 2015 it has developed 3D sensor systems for object recognition and distance measurement - XperYenZ™. Read more

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